21st December 2005
Schoolboy takes Jersey to European Court over gay age of consent
12:00 AM — A schoolboy is taking Jersey to the European Court of Human Rightsover the fact that the island has different ages of consent for gaysand straights.Luke Small, a sixteen year old from St Brelade has lodged the casewith the Strasbourg based court.Politicians in Jersey announced earlier this year that they wereconsidering equalising the age of consent for gays and straights.
Lesbian vicar marries partner in joint ceremony in Brighton
12:00 AM — Three gay couples have simultaneously married in Brighton's first gay civil partnership ceremonies.The seaside resort is known as 'Britain's gay capital' thanks to its liberal approach to sexuality and the multitude of gay men and women that have moved to the local area.The first three couples included local vicar, the Rev Debbie Gaston girl friend of 16 years Elaine Gaston.
20th December 2005
Elton John and David Furnish enjoy wild stag party 3
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his fiancé David Furnish held a star studded joint stag night in Soho on Monday evening.The singer arrived at the newly opened Too2Much cabaret nightclub in Soho in a turquoise suite whilst Mr Furnish opted for a sparkly black coat.Guests were treated to a saucy strip from former Blue front man Lee Ryan as well as topless waiters.
Elton John and David Furnish opt for private gay wedding ceremony
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's gay wedding to his partner David Furnish will be a private affair after he turned sown an offer worth over £6m to broadcast the occasion.The popstar and his entertainment producer partner will be one of the first couples in Britain to take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act, which will allow 'gay marriages' in all but name from the 21st December.
19th December 2005
Western Isles becomes only place in Britain to ban gay marriages
12:00 AM — The Western Isles (Eilean Siar) are to become the only part of Britain to ban gay marriages after local councillors and registrars agreed to a boycott.Registrars are permitted under the Civil Partnership Act to refuse to conduct a ceremony on moral grounds. But councillors in Stornoway have voted to force the Isles to become the only place in Britain with a blanket ban on all gay ceremonies.
Gay couple defy Christian protesters to wed in Northern Ireland
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have become the first gay partners to tie the knot in a regular ceremony in Britain following the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act. Christian protestors fail to prevent ceremony from taking place.Grainne Close, a social worker from Belfast, and Shannon Sickels, a playwright from New York City became the first couple in the United Kingdom to marry in a regular ceremony.
18th December 2005
Shayne wins X Factor then heads off to gay club to celebrate
12:00 AM — Shayne Ward has won the television talent contest X Factor by a margin of just 1.2 percent over rival Andy Abraham. Immediately after being announced the winner, he headed straight off to a live performance at London's largest gay night club.Mr Ward dedicated his victory to his mother Philomena saying: "this is for you mum, this is for you."
16th December 2005
Police express disappointment at lack of convictions for gay barman’s killers 2
12:00 AM — A leading policeman has expressed "disappointment" that the killers of David Morley were not convicted of murder.A teenage girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, and her co-defendants Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18 and a youth aged 17, were found guilty of the manslaughter of David Morley on Wednesday.Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur says he disappointed that the jury did not convict the gang of murder.
15th December 2005
Sir Elton and David Furnish face £10,000 policing bill for wedding
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish face a £10,000 bill to cover the policing of their gay wedding next week.The pop star and his film producer boyfriend David Furnish have been in a relationship for tweleve years and are planning a relatively low-key ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. The hall was the venue for one of the year's key weddings; the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Lesbian appointed Conservative vice-chairman 2
12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has appointed his party's first openly lesbian candidate his new vice-chairman.Margot James, a Chelsea based millionaire businesswoman became the first openly lesbian woman to stand as a Conservative candidate when she contested the safe Labour seat of Holborn and St Pancreas at the last general electionMiss James is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend, Jay Hunt, 38, host of the BBC makeover programme Would Like To Meet.
Gay couple claim to have lost £6000 in benefits since Civil Partnerships introduced 57
12:00 AM — A gay couple from Kent claim that the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act has meant a reduction in their level of state benefits of over £6000 per year.Andrew Brettell, 63 and his 44-year-old partner have cohabited for 18 years and have held a joint mortgage since 1989.Mr Brettell claims that ill health has meant he receives a pension credit.
14th December 2005
Teen gang convicted of manslaughter of gay barman 2
12:00 AM — A teenage girl who asked a gay barman to "pose for the camera" before she filmed her friends kicking him to death, was today found guilty of manslaughter.The girl who can not be named for legal reasons and her co-defendants Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18, a youth; aged 17, and the girl, aged 15 were found guilty of the manslaughter of the gay barman David Morley. They were also convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
Gay ex-minister Stephen Twigg arrested for drunkenness
12:00 AM — Stephen Twigg, the openly gay former education minister has been fined £50 after being arrested for drunken behaviour.Mr Twigg, was the first openly gay President of the National Union of Students and the first MP to have been elected as an out gay man. He lost his Enfield Southgate seat at the last election, but is hoping to return to Parliament in the very near future as one of Labour's preferred parliamentary candidates.
13th December 2005
Transsexual killer convicted of attempted rape has sentence reduced 6
12:00 AM — A transsexual who was convicted of attempting to rape a shop assistant just days after being released from prison for killing her lover, has had her sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.Karen Lawson, aged 24, was known as Mark Jones prior to a sex change operation pleaded guilty to attempted rape in Bolton Crown Court in July of 2003.
12th December 2005
3.6 million British gays – government audit claims 1
12:00 AM — Government officials have this weekend revealed that 3.6 million British people are gay or lesbian.In the first national quantification of the gay population, the Treasury have found that 6% of the country is gay.The Treasury conducted the estimate to assess the financial impact of the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act this month.
Diana fancied gay pop star George Michael- singer claims
12:00 AM — The late Princess Diana was obsessed with gay pop star George Michael according to claims make this week by the singer.The pop star has alleged that the Princess of Wales was "very attracted to him" and that they nearly got into a physical relationship.Mr Michael said: "there were certain things that happened that made it clear she was very attracted to me. There was no question."
Gay police offer accepts £30,000 in homophobia case 1
12:00 AM — An openly gay police officer that accused his force of homophobic bullying and anti-gay discrimination accepted a £30,000 out of court settlement this week.Inspector Neil Ferguson of the Norfolk Constabulary originally claimed £400,000 from the force and the local police authority over his claims to have suffered homophobia.
9th December 2005
Comment: If Robbie Williams thinks it’s ok to be gay, why sue for libel? 8
12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell of gay rights group OutRage!considers why Robbie Williams took the decision to sue over allegations relating to his sexuality.Whatever Robbie Williams' intention, his legal action has created the impression he thinks it is shameful to be gay. If he sees nothing wrong with being gay, why did he sue for libel?
8th December 2005
Gay Conservative appointed Shadow Trade Industry Secretary
12:00 AM — The Conservatives' first openly gay MP has been appointed the Shadow Secretary of State for Trade Industry and shadow cabinet member responsibility for equality.Alan Duncan, the 48 year old MP for Rutland Melton was handed the Trade Industry portfolio following the reshuffle carried out afterDavid Cameron's election as leader of the Conservative Party and Her Majesty's Opposition.
7th December 2005
First man to hold a gay marriage in Britain dies 1
12:00 AM — A terminally ill cancer sufferer who was given permission to wed his partner in a gay wedding ceremony on Monday has died.Matthew Roche, 46, died on Tuesday 6th December at St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing, West Sussex, just a day his and his partner, Christopher Cramp held their partnership ceremony in the hospice.The Civil Partnership Act normally requires a 15-day waiting period between the application for a partnership and the ceremony.